Vermont: Governor Announces He Will Sign Marijuana Depenalization Measure

Leslie Hanson
January 13, 2018

The Vermont Senate passed a bill to legalize recreational marijuana use, making the state the first in the nation to do so through the legislative process rather than a ballot initiative. The Governor vetoed similar legislation previous year.

The bill, House Bill 511, legalizes the possession of up to an ounce of marijuana and the cultivation of two mature and four immature plants by persons 21 or over.

The measure also imposes new civil penalties for consuming cannabis while driving, and imposes additional penalties for those who operate a motor vehicle impaired with a minor in the vehicle.

It's anticipated that the Governor of Vermont Phil Scott will be signing the bill shortly, which passed the Democratic-run Senate by vote, while the House of Representatives passed the bill during last week. "This is a libertarian approach". In an interview with the Burlington Free Press, he said, "I'm not philosophically opposed to it", adding that he wanted any legal marijuana system to address highway safety and protecting children from edible marijuana products.

Scott says there are "a lot of diverse opinions" about the bill.

Almost eight months after vetoing a similar proposal over safety concerns, 's signature is slated to make Vermont the ninth state in the nation to legalize recreational marijuana, albeit the first to rely on its elected lawmakers rather than the voting public.

Vermont's recreational marijuana law will take effect in July, assuming signs it as expected.

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